International superstars Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay and Pearl Jam will headline the 2015 Global Citizen Festival, a free-ticketed event on the Great Lawn in New York City's Central Park on Saturday, September 26, 2015. The festival will coincide with the launch of the United Nations' new Global Goals initiative to fight inequality, protect our planet and end extreme poverty by 2030.
"I am honored to be a part of the Global Citizen Festival," said Beyoncé. "It has always stood for improving the lives of people everywhere, but this year is especially rewarding as we all join focuses and utilize our talents for one goal: to end extreme poverty globally."
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Ed Sheeran added: "It's at once a great honor and very humbling to participate in the Global Citizen Festival. I look forward to sharing the stage with such an amazing lineup of artists in an effort to raise awareness, educate others, and work toward the goal of ending extreme poverty by 2030. I truly believe it's possible if we all work together."
Fans looking to get their free passes to the festival must take online 'actions' on globalcitizenfestival.com to help the world's poor. A completed Action Journey enters Global Citizens into a lottery to win a pair of Festival tickets. Ticket draws will occur throughout the summer and fans will be notified via Global Citizen when they have been selected. A limited number of VIP tickets will also be available for purchase through Ticketmaster starting on Friday, July 10 at 10 a.m.
The festival can also be viewed via MSNBC, YouTube’s livestream, NBC’s one-hour special, iHeartRadio and TIDAL’s global stream, or BBC Worldwide’s distribution.
The Global Citizen Festival will channel the power of hundreds of thousands of global citizens lending their voices to achieve policy and financial commitments that will shape the success of these Goals.
Over the last four years, global citizens have taken nearly 3 million actions in the fight against extreme poverty. These actions have resulted in 87 commitments and policy announcements, including cash commitments valued at U.S. $18.3 billion.